February 1, 2013

Happy Friday Everyone!  My kids are back to school after a fantastic summer break – while it was lovely to not have to rush out the door every morning it is nice to have my days back so I have some more time to devote to my blog – horray! i am looking forward to a big year with a few new contributors and great giveaways.

To kick of Valentines month we have a wonderful tutorial from the lovely Gillian from Crumbs of Comfort Cake Cake Design as well as a giveaway.

 Gillian contacted me a few weeks ago to offer this lovely prize pack to give away and her cookie tutorial. We spoke last week and we planned everything for today but in the meantime Gillian was hit by the devastating floods in Brisbane last weekend.

Being the amazing person that Gillian is she was determined that she would get me all the info and still offer the prize even amidst the disaster that was going on around her which included the loss of a portion of her commercial kitchen plus tragic news from close friends – a true credit to her wonderful fighting spirit.

So I do encourage you to visit Gillians facebook page and share the love after she has so generously offered this fantastic tutorial and prize for everyone.

Cookie Love


200g butter
200g sugar
1 egg
400g plain flour
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract or vanilla bean
Red hard boiled sweets (smashed)

You will need

2 heart cookie cutters (one large & one small)
Rolling pin
Non-stick baking paper

Beat butter and sugar until it lightens in colour. Add egg and vanilla and mix until completely incorporated.  Add sifted flour, this will come together. Roll cookie dough into a ball, wrap and refrigerate for an hour. Roll cookie dough out between two sheets of non-stick paper.  Using cookie cutter cut out large hearts and place on lined baking tray.  Then use the small cutter to cut heart shaped “window” in cookie.  Carefully place smashed sweets in window.

Bake at 160 oC (fan forced oven)  for 8-10 minutes.  Leave to cool on baking tray

Serve with Love x

On so on to the giveaway!

Gillian has a Wilton 12 piece cupcake decorating pack for one lucky reader.  The pack in includes 4 tips and 8 bags, hologram edible glitter and a 4 piece blossom cutter set to help with all your cupcake decorating,

All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post with your name and take a visit to Gillian’s facebook page to say hi!  I will draw the winner next Friday 8th February and announce it here on the blog!

Good Luck!

33 thoughts on “Valentines Cookie Tutorial and a Friday Giveaway

  1. Oh my…how gorgeous! I’m in love! Been a liker of Gillian’s page for quite some now and I’m never short of amazed!

  2. Hi there Leanne! I’ve been reading your blog for some time now and I have taken this opportunity to like Crumbs of Comfort Cake Design as facebook user Amanda Elizabeth Gorham xxx Great giveaway- my 3 girls would squeal with delight if I was the lucky winner, we will certainly be trying these cookies with some cute little gingerbread men to match xxx you rock!

  3. Such a gorgeous post! I absolutely love drawing inspiration from other blogs. These Valentines biscuits are just a gorgeous treat for Feb 14! Can see myself handing them out at work to brighten everyones day. XX

  4. Hi 🙂 those cookies are so cute and look so east to make whis is good for someone like me who is a little bit of a disaster in the kitchen. P.S. Love the site, keep up the lovely work
    Bel xx

  5. We in the south cannot imagine what it would be like living with the aftermath of floods. These beautiful cakes would cheer up anyone.
    I love cookin, my granddaugher is coeliac, so I love mking things look good to compensate for the fact that they sometimes dont taste so good

  6. My 3 year old son loves to bake. This would be awesome for us to win so we can bake and decorate together! Thanks for the chance!

  7. Timing is everything & this seems perfect as its my daughters first birthday in 3 weeks & the theme is high tea & I’m planning to make some biscuits & cupcakes! <3 such pressure for a party she won't remember!!! 😉

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